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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Wait in Ambush

Don’t Wait in Ambush is about not holding a grudge or seeking revenge when somebody has hurt you. When you hold a grudge others have more control over your own mind than you do. The original lojong slogan is the same and is related to the previous one: Don’t be mean. When you wait in… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Wait in Ambush

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Ponder Others

Don’t ponder others is about not making assumptions about what you think might be going on inside another person’s head. There’s usually more going on than you can perceive or understand. The original lojong slogan is the same and it follows from the previous slogan about not criticising others. You can never know the motivations… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Ponder Others

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Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Criticize

Don’t criticise is about not criticising others in order to feel better about yourself. Accept people as they are, warts and all, and remember that you’re not perfect either. The original lojong slogan is: Don’t talk about injured limbs which asks you to notice those moments when you subtly, or not so subtly, judge others… Continue reading Buddhist Writing Prompt: Don’t Criticize

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The Creative Process: Finishing your Masterpiece

The fifth stage of the creative process is COMPLETING. During the hard work of the previous stage, one question keeps coming up: when is my book finished? Completion isn’t just about what happens when you finally finish writing your book. It happens continually as you work. Each sequence, each scene, each sentence. Every day of… Continue reading The Creative Process: Finishing your Masterpiece